Dear Sensitive Soul: You are so beautiful

Dear Sensitive Soul,

Your sweet, loving soul has been through so much.

Living in this world has always been a challenge for you. Even in your mother's womb, you could feel the energy, the thoughts, the heaviness of those around you.

Your first moments alive were excruciating: the lights, the pain, the fear. It became your first trauma, which affected your ability to feel safe for years to come.

You felt everything more intensely--you cried easily, you were overstimulated frequently.

As you grew, you existed with your head out of the box everyone else seemed to be living in. You could read people, you could see through the discrepancies, the contradictions, the lies. You could see the truth, when no one else could.

Many times you felt scared, confused and alone. There was no one validating your experience. No one encouraging you to listen to your intuition, or to embrace your sensitivities. Quite the contrary.

They told you, "You're too sensitive, too much to handle, too mentally ill, too messed up." And you listened because they were God in your eyes, the people who knew you the best. You trusted their assessment of you. You believed them when they said "We know you better than you know yourself."

"There must be something wrong with me," you concluded. And you began noticing all the ways you didn't fit in. You felt you were inherently inferior, an annoyance, a mess.